Community centre shelved
The plan to build a community centre on the Wilbur Sparkes Recreation Facility in Bay Roberts has been put on hold.
The news comes after recreation director Ian Flynn tabled a motion at the Aug. 26 regular council meet- ing to re-allocate some $200,000 meant for the project.
The money will be funnelled into several other projects instead. The following is a l ist of projects approved by council:
• Expansion of the ball field at the Wilbur Sparkes Recreation Complex;
• Construction of a beach volley- ball court at the Wilbur Sparkes Recreation Complex;
• Address drainage issues at the old ball field in the community gardens;
• Address issues with the washroom facility at the community gardens.
The budget for the proposed community centre was set at some $500,000, however initial designs of the facility placed it well beyond the half-a-million dollar price tag.
“In hindsight, I wouldn’t want to begin construction on a $500,000 to $600,000 facility only to have it balloon to a $800,000 to a $1 million building when we’re after significant infrastructure down the road in regards to a new aquatic facility or recreation centre,” said Flynn. “As gung ho as I was to see the new building, I have to be a realist too.
“Right now, for what we’re looking for in the future, it doesn’t seem like a good idea to tack on a project that does not fit in the budget.”
The recreation director said he would like to put the community centre on the “back burner” until a more economically feasible design can be decided upon.
“What I’ve listed here are four major projects that I think need to be done,” said Flynn.
“Our field right now is only 230 feet and with provincial guidelines being 250 feet, it would enable us to host or co-host provincial tournaments within the next year or so,” said Flynn.
Flynn said the goal of these additions would be to possibly attract the Newfoundland and Labrador Summer Games in the future.
“I certainly see us being in a better position in the next round of bids,” he said. “The projects that I’ve listed here would certainly put a stronghold on government to make us favourable for that bid.”
The suggestions put forth by Flynn were favourably met by council.
However, Deputy Mayor Bill Seymour expressed his desire to see some movement on a new swimming pool in Bay Roberts.
“For any kind of Games or anything, we need a swimming pool,” he said. “This town is in bad need of a swimming pool.”
Council unanimously approved the moves.
Public works report
Director of public works Sean Elms gave his quarterly report at the meeting. He said the plan to have emergency water main installed between Peddle’s Pond and Big Pond is “in the process of mobilization.”
Tender on the project was award to H&B Construction in New Harbour, who came in with the lowest bid at $493,293.
Elms said he is in the process of digitizing many of the town’s water and sewer maps.
“Just to get proper location of where water and sewer are,” he said. “We have some really old maps.”
Elms said he has been contacted by the metal recycling company Newco Metal and Auto Recycling Ltd. of St. john’s about placing a bin in Bay Roberts. The town would be able to place its old metals in the bin, and the company will come pick it up and dispose of the material. “There’s no cost to us,” said Elms. “It’s an excellent idea,” added Coun. Walter Yetman.